Henry Ford was famously quoted as saying, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses,” in response to complaints that he ignored customer input in favor of his own vision when it came to the Model-T.  While it is debatable if Ford actually uttered those exact words, most historians […]

OpenStack For VMware Administrators and Architects In my previous role as the OpenStack and VMware Evangelist for Rackspace, I had the opportunity to speak with numerous companies about their OpenStack implementations or proof-of-concepts.  These interactions included customer meetings, user group meetups, and conference sessions.  A trend I noticed was the increasing number of VMware administrators […]

Some of you may be wondering what’s happened to this blog since I rejoined EMC back in June.  Let me say first of all that my intent is to pick back up with my writing once the Summer is over.  The reality is that my output has been limited due to the typical busyness that […]

I wanted to write this post a while ago but decided to wait until I had made my job transition.  To be clear though, my thoughts have not materially changed from what it was when I was a Rackspace employee.  I’ve been saying the same things for over a year, as folks from various storage vendors […]

There are times in your career when you search diligently for the next big opportunity.  That was the case when I made the decision last year to focus on OpenStack by moving to Rackspace, one of the co-founders of the OpenStack project.  Pursuing the next big opportunity led me to transition, earlier this year, to […]

My goals for the recent OpenStack Summit in Atlanta were to participate as much as possible, to meet as many people in the community as possible, and to be a resource to as many members of the ecosystem as possible.  As it turned out, I was able to do two out of three, but not […]

Earlier this year, I had the privilege of giving two talks at the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Neither talk was specifically about OpenStack; the first was on navigating the differences between legacy and cloud native applications while the second was on getting involved with and growing out technical communities.  While the response within […]


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